Since early 2016, there has been a new KTM Komuter Train service from the Malaysia - Thai border station of Padang Besar to Butterworth in Penang.
This service has replaced all other trains, so is now the only way to travel from Thailand to Butterworth by train (all ETS services from Padang Besar to Butterworth have now been cancelled again from the 3rd of June 2018).
The new high-speed ETS Services now travels directly south, no longer taking the branch line to Butterworth / Bukit Mertajam.
Latest KTM Komuter Schedule for 2019:
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All trains operate daily.
All weekday KTM commuter services consist of three carriages.
For Saturdays and Sundays, some trains offer an extra three carriages.
The following weekend services have six carriages :
Train numbers: 2953 - 2957 - 2961 - 2965 - 2969 - 2977.
Train numbers 2945 - 2985 have six carriages on Sundays only.
If you wish to travel further south of Penang to Perak state, you can change trains at Bukit Mertajam Railway Station, where another KTM Komuter service operates as far as Padang Rengas.
If you want to travel to Penang Island, Butterworth Railway Station is located just a few minutes walk away from the jetty where ferries leave for George Town on Penang Island.
For more information, please see the following pages on our site :
These commuter services are a very cheap way to travel.
However, unlike the ETS Trains, there is no seat reservation and seats are available on a first come, first served basis.
The fares table below shows all fares for the Komuter Utara (northern) trains all the way from Padang Besar to Padang Rengas :